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100km Gravel Ride – Good Friday

Following a successful reccie of the Leicester end of the route on Saturday there have been a couple of minor tweaks to the route to avoid roads and make it easier to follow – and we also found a good cafe for a cake stop at about 60k.  See link to the route below:

Its a bit of a figure of eight, although the top loop is a bit skinny – and in a couple of places we return the same way as we go out. This end is anti-clockwise so the rule is where the route splits take the righthand fork. It was easy on the reccie.

We’ll meet at 8am on the Green in Great Bowden.

The route is on gravel, less-travelled tarmac and cycle paths. The route takes in the more rideable sections of the Grand Union canal towpath and much of the River Soar on a traffic free route through many of the riverside parks in Leicester. There is a brief visit to the cobbles of  Castle View (used in the Leicester castle Classic race) before  leaving Leicester via the Great Central railway cycle path and rejoining the canal before heading back via the intermittent gravel and tarmac of the Via Devana roman road (now known as the Gartree Road) .

This is an unsupported club ride open to WVCC members and friends from other local clubs and will be suitable for CX, gravel and MTBs.

Please let us know if you’re coming – ideally via the WhatsApp group – so we can organise ride groups by bike type and speed. It would be good to have fast, brisk and steady groups.

Oh – and the cafe is on Frog Island – Bitsy’s Emporium of Awesome based in the Graffwerk legal graffiti centre. The cakes are good!

To be added to our off-road WhatsApp group please message Adrian Killworth or email your mobile number to

Some form of puncture protection is recommended for our off-road rides such as tubeless tyres with sealant or self-sealing inner tubes.


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